Peer to Peer Teaching and Learning in Physics PHYS4045

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This elective course, for students on the BSc Honours plans in Physics and Physics with Astrophysics, explores the theory and practice of peer-led teaching and learning in higher education, focussing on the use of peer tutors in the teaching of Level 1 and 2 Physics students.

Timetable

Students undertaking this course will receive 6 hours of lectures and then act as tutors in around 10 tutorials (covering Physics 1 and Physics 2). The initial 6 lectures will be held in the first 6 weeks of Semester 1.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

 

Literature review (30%), Reflective journal (30%), Final report (40%)

 

Reassessment

In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

1. To introduce and explore the theory of peer-led teaching and learning in higher education

2. To explore the practice of peer-led teaching in the context of Level 1 and Level 2 Physics tutorials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain the principles of peer assisted learning in Higher Education

2. Demonstrate how to act effectively as a tutor in Higher Education

3. Demonstrate how to perform a literature review in the field of physics education research

4. Demonstrate how to give, and receive, effective formative feedback

5. Demonstrate how to reflect effectively on their own teaching performance 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.